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Yet more glassblowing

Posted by joeabbott on November 5, 2012

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P1010750Seems like you can’t come to Seattle without encountering “glass” as an art form and so we have enjoyed getting into the hot shop with our out-of-town guests to partake of making a little something.

The day after Fred and Laurel flew in, we headed into Belltown to Seattle Glassblowing Studio and met with Amy for a couple hours of creating some wonderful pieces.

I started the day by making a paperweight, Fred followed with a hanging ornament, Suzy came next with a “sucky bowl”, and Laurel finished up with the same.

Now, the term “sucky bowl” isn’t a pejorative, nor a description of the quality of the bowl; it’s a description of how it’s made. a large glass sphere is formed and then just the top is heated up. At that point, someone will suck in on the end of the “blowing pipe” and the top portion will pull in, creating a bowl. It’s very neat.

I’ll follow with pictures of the finished pieces but, for now, accept that it was very cool being back in the hot shop!

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